“The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has identified one of the two people killed in Tuesday night’s crash of a business jet in northwest Atlanta as Peter J. Mallen, 67, of Atlanta. Mallen, a licensed pilot, was the CEO of Norcross-based Mallen Industries . . . According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Mallen Industries was the registered owner of the twin-engine Raytheon 390 Premier I jet [N50PM]. The name of the second person killed was being withheld Wednesday until relatives could be notified. Residents of the northwest Atlanta neighborhood watched in horror Tuesday night as the small plane crashed and ignited, killing two people aboard. ‘Before it even hit, the house shook,’ Drew Hawkins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘Then I heard the explosion and it shook the house even more.’ Hawkins said he and other neighbors stared in shock as the plane became a huge fireball in the woods, narrowly missing houses. The plane crashed at 7:25 p.m. in the 2200 block of Thomas Road, near Bolton Road and I-285, not long after takeoff, according to the fire department and FAA. It ignited on impact and burned in the woods, about 200 yards from houses, witnesses said. According to the FAA, the aircraft departed from Fulton County Airport and was destined for New Orleans Lakefront Airport.” (Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/small-plane-reportedly-down-in-northwest-atlanta/ncNTD/).
“Neighbors said Tuesday night that the sound of airplanes is constant due to the neighborhood’s proximity to the airport. But this time, something sounded different, almost like a missile, Kevin Crapp said. ‘It looked like it was coming straight for our house, and at the last minute, dipped its wings over and it banked really hard right,’ Crapp said. ‘It landed a couple hundred yards away from our house, and I thought it hit a neighbor’s house.’” (Source: http://m.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/plane-crashes-nw-atlanta/ncNTf/).
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